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Major Link Soccer: Alex Ring traded to Austin FC

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The expansion side has probably found their captain

MLS: New York Red Bulls at New York City FC Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Activist and World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper when she hopes to play soccer again. Anderson Cooper talks to World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe

‘One Life,’ the memoir from World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe, is set to be adapted as a scripted television series after Sony TV optioned the rights. Megan Rapinoe’s Memoir ‘One Life’ TV Series In Works At Sony Television – Deadline

MLS

The new kids on the block are sending a truckload of GAM to NYCFC for the former captain. Austin FC acquire midfielder Alex Ring from NYCFC in blockbuster deal | MLSsoccer.com

The former Whitecap is honoured among the greatest players in world football. Alphonso Davies becomes first Canadian named to FIFA FIFPro Men’s World XI - Waking The Red

GE Appliances has been named the exclusive front jersey sponsor for Louisville City Football Club and Racing Louisville Football Club, which will make its debut in the National Women’s Soccer League as an expansion franchise in 2021. Soccer Holdings inks new deal, jersey sponsorship with GE Appliances - Louisville Business First

After years of calling games with English legend Martin Tyler, Higginbotham moved here recently with his wife, a Philadelphia native. He succeeds Tommy Smyth, the Union’s analyst since 2016. Premier League TV analyst Danny Higginbotham joins Union’s broadcast team, NBC and CBS soccer studio shows

USA

Manchester City’s Alex Greenwood has said that the attitude of her teammates Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle has brought a confidence to the side. USWNT's Mewis, Lavelle bring Man City confidence - Greenwood

USMNT’s Mark McKenzie has said he was subjected to racist abuse during games and believes that black players are targeted over their skin colour. USMNT Philadelphia Union defender McKenzie Black footballers targeted over their skin colour

The Big West Conference announced that its soccer programs won’t play in the spring, becoming the second DI league to take that step. Big West cancels potential spring season | College Soccer

World

Decision stems from the country’s appeal of a punishment handed down last year by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Russia Olympics ban reduced to two years - The Washington Post

The Best FIFA Football Awards™ - News - Lucy Bronze and Robert Lewandowski are The Best of 2020 - FIFA.com

The Best FIFA Football Awards were announced today. And, sadly, they weren’t the best. FIFA The Best Awards: Time to Do Better | Backline Soccer

As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer approaches two years in Manchester United’s hot seat on Saturday, he says the job is turning his hair grey. Man United job is turning my hair grey - Solskjaer

Players are “overwhelmingly in support” of continuing to take the knee, says the Professional Footballers’ Association. Players 'overwhelmingly support' continuing to take a knee, says PFA after consultation - BBC Sport

Bundesliga strugglers Schalke sack Manuel Baum as head coach after just 79 days in the job. Schalke: Bundesliga strugglers sack head coach Manuel Baum after 79 days - BBC Sport

What’s on Today?

11:30 AM - Union Berlin v. Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga - ESPN+

Don’t forget Concacaf Champions League semi-finals are on Saturday at 5pm and 7pm (LAFC at 7) on FS2 and TUDN.